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Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028905

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  • Concerts flourished in London during the second half of the eighteenth century as never before. Enterprising promoters developed subscription series around the new symphony orchestra, and the lucrative environment attracted both Mozart and Haydn, whose last twelve symphonies were written for London. This book is the first detailed investigation of a lively and innovative period in London's cultural life, combining a social study of concert audiences with analysis of their musical tastes and the repertoire they inspired.

    • A book about the London of Handel, Haydn and Mozart, for which Haydn wrote his 'London' symphonies
    • A fascinating glimpse at the cultural life of the middle classes in London in the second half of the eighteenth century
    • A social history of musical taste and the economics of concert promotion
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    "...lends the subject important new perspectives." Notes

    "...McVeigh's excellent book vastly increases our knowledge and understanding." Choice

    "Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn has been ingeniously constructed to read both as history and parable....Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn not only charts a period of exceptional growth, but it organizes an astonishing number of untapped sources to do so." Times Literary Supplement

    "...an exhaustive guide to concert performances in the latter half of the eighteenth century. This is an encyclopedic work assembled by a meticulous scholar....a guide of the first order." James H. Johnson, Journal of Modern History

    "The range of things taken up heighten awareness of what goes into the making of any musical culture." Key Reporter

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028905
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.491kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    List of abbreviations
    Map of London in the second half of the eighteenth century
    1. Prologue
    Part I. The Social Role of the Concert:
    2. 'An exclusive principle': subscription and ancient concerts
    3. Other types of concert
    4. The concert in London life
    Part II. Attracting an Audience:
    5. The musical product: novelty and familiarity
    6. The musical product: programming
    7. Taste and national idioms
    8. Musical style: 'music intended to reach the heart'
    9. Musical style: the learned, the sublime and the dramatic
    Part III. Concert Management and the Musician:
    10. The finances of concert promotion
    11. Life as a professional musician
    12. The practicalities of concert promotion
    13. Epilogue
    Appendices
    Notes
    Musical sources
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Simon McVeigh, Goldsmiths, University of London

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